Justin Levitt

Professor of Law

BA, magna cum laude, Harvard College
JD/MPA, magna cum laude, Harvard Law School / Harvard Kennedy School


Levitt is a national expert in constitutional law and the law of democracy, with particular focus on election administration and redistricting.  He has published in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law and Policy Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, the William & Mary Law Review, and the peer-reviewed Election Law Journal, among others.  He has served as a visiting faculty member at the Yale Law School and at Caltech; in the spring of 2015, he will serve as a visiting faculty member at USC's Gould School of Law.

Levitt has been invited to testify before committees of the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, several state legislative bodies, and both federal and state courts.  His research has been cited extensively in the media and the courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.  He also maintains the website All About Redistricting, tracking the process of state and federal redistricting around the country, including litigation.

Levitt has served in various capacities for several presidential campaigns, including as the National Voter Protection Counsel in 2008, helping to run an effort ensuring that tens of millions of citizens could vote and have those votes counted. Before joining the faculty of Loyola Law School, he was counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, for five years.  He has also worked as in-house counsel to the country's largest independent voter registration and engagement operation, and at several nonprofit civil rights and civil liberties organizations. 

At Loyola, Levitt directs the Practitioner Moot Program, a complimentary service to the community allowing attorneys with pending appellate matters to practice their arguments before faculty experts and experienced advocates.  Under the program, Loyola has hosted recent moots for cases later argued in the Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit, the California Court of Appeal, and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

Levitt served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  He holds a law degree and a masters degree in public administration from Harvard University, and was an articles editor for the Harvard Law Review.  He is admitted to the bar in California, New Jersey, New York, and the District of Columbia, and to the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit and Eleventh Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts in the Central District of California and Northern District of Florida.

Selected Scholarship

Monographs and Book Chapters

In the News

Levitt has been invited to testify as an expert on election law before committees of the U.S. Senate (video here and here, statements herehere, and here); the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights; federal and state courts; state legislative bodies in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Texas (here, here, and here), and Wisconsin; and local bodies in Los Angeles County and Dallas.

Levitt has also appeared in film, TV (domestic and international), radio, and podcast, and has been quoted as an election law and redistricting expert by numerous newspapers, magazines, and news services, including the Associated Press, Reuters, New York Times, Wall St. Journal, Washington Post, New Yorker, USA Today, The Hill, The Nation, Politico, Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee, Miami Herald, Kansas City Star, Houston Chronicle, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Palm Beach Post, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and St. Petersburg Times.

Levitt has also published many shorter opinion pieces, including in the New York TimesWashington Post, SCOTUSblogPolitico, The Hill, Roll Call, Pacific Standard, and the Huffington Post; he has also been a regular contributor to Summary Judgments, the Election Law Blog, the ACSblog, and the Brennan Center for Justice blog.

Public Service

Levitt is the faculty advisor for the Loyola chapter of the American Constitution Society and an avid supporter of public interest work.  He is an Advisor for the Course of Study in Law and the Political Process, and is the co-chair of Loyola's Faculty Workshops; he has also served on the Curriculum Committee and Instructional Technology Committee.  Beyond Loyola, he regularly provides assistance to legislators and administrators from both major political parties, and has represented officials and former officials from both major political parties in court.  He also serves as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Los Angeles County Voting Systems Assessment Project.